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The shot you see above nicely captures the spirit at the latest Uni Watch party, which took place back on Monday night in Seattle. From left to right, those lower legs belong to Patrick Nuss, Peter Woychick, the New Girl, Gina Nuss, myself, Scott Turner, and Patrick Fleming.
Want to see more than just shins? Let’s take a look at who was in attendance and what they wore for the occasion:
• John Kimmerlein wore this groovy Mariners basketball warm-up top. Then he removed it to reveal an Orioles throwback jersey, with matching O’s stirrups. Nicely done!
• Here’s Pete Woychick, looking sharp in a Minneapolis Millers jersey with matching stirrups. The dress shoes work surprisingly well in this context, no?
• I really liked Patrick Fleming’s old-school wool cycling jersey. (But as you might expect, I loved his stirrups even more.)
• Jon Horton decided to mess with my head a bit by wearing a purple-inclusive jersey with Day-Glo footwear.
• Back in the 1990s, I used to trade zines with a guy from Portland named Steve Mandich, who did a great zine about Evel Knievel. These days he does an excellent blog about Ichiro. We’ve been emailing each other for years but had never met in person, and I didn’t even realize he’d moved to Seattle, so it was a big surprise when he introduced himself to me at the party (while wearing a very handsome Hiroshima Carp T-shirt, plus he had a jacket with a cool little Canucks patch). Great to finally meet you, Steve!
• I enoyed talking with Jon Eidukas, who showed up in a Seattle Thunderbirds hockey jersey.
• Austin Taylor went the minimalist route, wearing a simple BYU T-shirt. But he brought along some amazing uni drawings from his youth, which I spent quite a bit of time marveling over. He’s promised to scan them for me, so you’ll be seeing them on the site soon.
• Matt Wilemski wore an Iowa State BP jersey, which he says he picked up for just $5 at and end-of-season uni/equipment sale.
• Eric Smallman wore something that doesn’t show up very often at Uni Watch parties: a bowling T-shirt. (Good luck with the hip surgery, Eric.)
• It’s always a pleasure to see Jim Hamerlinck, one of the nicest and most longstanding readers of the site. No jersey for him, but that’s fine.
• I loved Gina Nuss’s cycling jersey with matching socks. (Thanks for getting me that beer, Gina!)
• Gina came with her husband, Patrick Nuss, who wore a cycling jersey that he designed himself.
As you can see in that last photo, Patrick was holding a Uni Watch membership card that matched his jersey. That card was created for him on the spot by Scott M.X. Turner. As you can see, it turned out great. I had my laminator with me, so I laminated it and Patrick went home with his new card, just like that.
Patrick was one of five attendees who signed up for Scott’s hand-drawn cards. Here are the others:
• Matthew Eng ordered a card based on a 1962 Washington State University basketball jersey.
• And someone else took advantage of the party’s temporary purple amnesty eruv to get this 1969 Vikings treatment, but I can’t recall who that was either. Fill me in!
(Speaking of the purple thing, I had lifted the purple ban for the party because I thought someone would probably want a University of Washington card. But nobody did. Go figure.)
It was pretty special watching Scott make these — talented fella. And the five hand-drawn cards have all been added to the membership design gallery, incidentally.
As for me, I wore one of my Durene basketball warm-ups. And when I got home from Seattle, Pete Woychick had a really nice thank-you image waiting for me. Thanks, Pete, and thanks also to everyone else who came out — it was a great time.
(Extra-special thanks to Jim McCabe, Melanie Bonanno, Richard McCabe, and the New Girl for having my back. You’re all aces.)
Every Dog Has Its Day (and sometimes that day arrives a week early): UConn had been planning to unveil the new branding for its athletic department on April 18. But that schedule was scrapped when a series of leaks began appearing yesterday afternoon. That prompted the university to formally announce the new look a few hours later.
“The leaked renditions were not the first impression we wanted people to have,” says Kyle Muncy, who handles UConn’s trademark licensing and branding. “We decided to unveil the logo [on Thursday] to make sure people had the full color version and could form their opinion with complete and accurate information. We are excited about change and think others will be too. But, we wanted them to be seeing what we are seeing, not just a partial view from the leaked image.”
All the leaks and espionage and changed unveiling schedules seem like a lot of fuss for a logo that looks so generic — no character, no charm. It’s T.G.I.Husky. Also, it looks a lot like the Nordiques’ unused 1995 prototype. (Was that one supposed to be a husky or a wolf?)
Reader Brian Jud has noticed something else about the logo: “It’s similar to an earlier version that UConn used years ago, as seen on this sweatshirt I’ve had in my attic for years.” I like that sweatshirt version a lot better. But hey, I’m not the target demographic here. Right?
Show & Tell update: Photos, objects, and stories from the latest round of my monthly Show & Tell event are up now on the S&T site. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Indians President Mark Shapiro gave an entertainingly mush-mouthed defense of Chief Wahoo the other day (from Peter Pattakos). … I had already mentioned that the Rockies and Mets would be wearing throwbacks next Tuesday. But here’s a twist: Even though the game is in Colorado, the Rockies will wear gray and the Mets will wear white. That’s because the game will be marking the 20th anniversary of the first game in Rockies history, which took place at Shea (and I should know, because I was there). … Get this: Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, and Dustin Johnson all wore the same Adidas shirt at the Masters yesterday. Lame-o, although I guess we should be glad it’s not a Fruit Stripe design (from Dave Rakowski). … New basketball court design for Nebraska. … It’s a little hard to see, but the guy on the right has his jersey held together by safety pins. Further details here (from Phillip Garza). … Seriously garish new Rugby Sevens kit for England. I do like the socks, though (from George Chilvers). … Stan Capp was watching Family Feud and saw a family wearing NY Rangers-style jerseys. … Rick DiRubbo has noticed something about Cal’s athletic rebrand: “The headline on that page says, ‘Respect the past, represent the future.’ Syracuse football used this same slogan about 10 years ago. There were posters and billboards all over with that slogan. I don’t have the poster anymore, but here is an article that mentions it in the fourth paragraph.” … Russ Havens is holding a vote to determine the best-looking NBA season ticket design. … The Vikings’ equipment manager says they’ll be going to a more traditional look. … Check out these rejected ideas that were proposed for Canada’s flag (from Kurt Esposito). … Here are the Rays in their snappy letterman jackets (from Cork Gaines). … The new White Sox road pants striping has inspired a lengthy discussion forum thread (from Jason Rosko). … Argyle-patterned end zone lettering for UNC’s spring game (from Matt Cline). … Been a while since we’ve seen any cheesecake-style portraits by Rob Ullman. Here’s a selection of his latest work. … A Bob Gibson statue has been unveiled in Gibson’s native Omaha. “I love the detail on his uniform, though the birds on the jersey look to be more of the current look than what Gibson would have worn in his playing days,” says Jeff Funke. … Brewers will be wearing 1913 throwbacks on May 5. No uniform photos yes, but they’ll presumably look like the ones on this bobblehead (from Chance Michaels). … The Blues will wear white at home on Sunday (from Ryan Raymond). … The whole “We won the championship, so let’s wear gold lettering” thing is spreading to the minor leagues. The Springfield Cardinals, who won the AA Texas League title last year, wore that jersey last night (from Todd Dole). … One person’s (very bad) idea to rescue the Postal Service: put the Nike logo, and other corporate advertising, on stamps (from Paul Lee). … Here’s more info on Michigan repurposing Oregon State jerseys as orange “no contact” QB practice jerseys (from Steve Ceruolo). … New rugby jersey for South Africa (for real this time). … Homewood High School, from Alabama, played a game at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham on Tuesday, and several players opted to mark the occasion by wearing striped stirrups (from Matt Wannemuehler).